How To Replace Windows 7 With Linux

If you’re still using Windows 7 because you just don’t like Windows 10, that’s understandable. But there’s an alternative upgrade path: You can install Linux on your PC for free, and you’ll have a supported operating system that’s still getting updates.

This is easier than you might think. You can try Linux on your PC before installing it, and you can even install it alongside Windows 7 when you make the leap. Here’s what you need to know.

Before you do anything, back up all your data. Next, choose which Linux distribution you want to use. Some of the most popular Linux distributions for 2020 include:

Many distributions will enable users to use a Live option booted from a USB to see how it works. If you like it, you can then install it on your system or in a VirtualBox. We will use Ubuntu for this article.

To try Ubuntu before installing it on your system, start by going to the Ubuntu download page and clicking on Try Ubuntu.


If you like how Ubuntu works and are ready to install it, click on Install Ubuntu and follow the installation wizard. The process is straightforward.


Choose to replace Windows 7 with Linux, but remember that all your apps and files will be erased. As mentioned above, before doing anything, back up your system first.

Leave Windows Behind & Switch To Mac

Windows 7 end of life could be a good reason for you to switch from Windows to Mac. Apple has enjoyed an excellent reputation for many reasons, including:

  • Not needing drivers.
  • New versions are free.
  • A diverse Apple ecosystem.
  • Most Windows programs are also available for Mac.

Whether you choose to move to Mac is a matter of personal preference.  While it is true that Apple products tend to be more expensive than Microsoft products, they also age better. So, even if you spend more money upfront, a new Mac will last you longer than a new Windows machine.

Whichever option you choose to move ahead from Windows 7 end of life, safely backup all your documents, files, and images. If you decide to stay with Windows 7, it’s essential to recognize that you are putting your computer at risk for security threats.

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